nearbeer (5671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle. Mahogany and translucent with ruby highlights. Medium-sized head settles to a nice little skullcap. Aroma is great balance of chocolate molasses, smoke, caramel, metallic herbs and other unknowable stuff. Tastes of all that, plus roasted nuts, spicy raisins and just the right amount of bitter herbs. Palate is smooth, light-medium bodied and refreshing. I really wasn’t expecting much from this one based on other Mendocinos I have tasted, but man is this one ever underrated! I love Browns and this is one of the best. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Good not great nut brown ale. Aroma is suitably nutty in aroma. Taste-wise, tho, the nuttiness and maltiness are a bit weak and overpowered by the hops, leading to a somewhat unbalanced brew. B-
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Pours dark brown with a thin, white head. No lacing. Aroma of hops and molasses. Solid mouth feel with tastes of coffee, molasses, with a bitter hop profile to round it out. Really good beer. elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours a dark brown almost black with a tan head. Thought it was a stout, unless this rating said brown ale. Has a huge hint of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa. Finished with a roasted burnt taste on the tongue. BlondeBeerBunE (12) - Lodi, California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
beautifully done! Nice nutty brown ale with wonderful nutty taste too. This Jewish BunE is proud of a well done beer... Oh forgot to look to see if it’s kosher...
ghill1218 (9) - 29 palms, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
very good beer, i really taste coffee, and a little chocolate. it’s not a stout but could hang. alot of flavor. one of my favorite beers so far RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Aroma is a sweet roasted scent. Color is a deep dark mahogany with good carbonation and a thin tight head that looks a little off white. Taste is rich, malty and roasted. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a easy creamy feel. Finish comes in malty with sweet caramel notes and a nice roasted nutty flavor. In the after taste the roasted gives way to a mild bitterness. This is a very good Brown ale, very well rounded with good flavor. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head.
Nose of caramel and toffee along with some roasted malt. A hint of coffee as well.
Caramel and coffee flavors really jump out in the beginning along with a pleasant nuttyness. A light bready grain becomes noticeable about halfway through along with a light bitterness that nicely compliments the sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky.
Overall this is a really solid beer. One of the better American Brown Ales I have had.
racecarr98 (42) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
I?m not normally the type of guy that likes nut ales but thus one is smooth. There is a hint of nut and chocolate. It finishes with wonderful palate. Overall I would buy this beer again. tfontana (1185) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass from Andover Liquors. Appearance is dark brown with tons of effervescent sparkle, 2-finger width foamy beige head with good retention and lots of sudsy lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and nuts. Taste is roasted malts, mild dark fruit, caramel, nuts. Palate is medium bodied with creamy, thick texture, soft carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, this is quite good with a fair amount of complexity. Can’t understand the low ratings based on the one I had.